CPO News March 2023

March meeting: road projects, recycling

Tuesday, March 14, 7-9 pm via zoom

After the Land Acknowledgement and updates from our service providers, Community Participation Organization 1 will share any development information we have received and provide time for announcements.

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Filbert sidewalk proposal

Washington County Land Use & Transportation staff will update us on three projects. Project Manager Ben Lively will present on the Filbert Street sidewalk project and the Thompson Road (Saltzman Road to Marcotte Road) project. Project Manager Andy Morris will present on the Thompson Road Realignment (Kenny Terrace).

Cosette Lemos is an AmeriCorps member serving with Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling. She will offer up-to-date information on aspects of the county’s efforts to help us recycle and, better yet, avoid producing trash and garbage in the first place! Bring all your questions!

Click the zoom link to join the meeting live or watch it later on our YouTube Channel. We have been live-streaming our meetings since before COVID. Like or follow our Facebook page for timely announcements of interest to all our neighbors in CPO 1 (Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Bonny Slope). We think our content is too good to only share it with those who can attend on a weeknight!

Development news

A preliminary review is underway for a three-parcel partition for a .43-acre site at the corner of NW 107th and Cornell. The property is zoned R-6 (six residential lots per acre. The comment period has ended. The existing house will remain, and the proposal is for two additional lots on 107th.

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Future development plan for the Rainmont parcel

A preliminary review is underway for a three‐parcel partition with a future development plan in the R‐6 District for a 2.62-acre property on NW Rainmont east of 111th. View the Public Notice here. Comments accepted March 6-20 on this page. A Neighborhood Meeting was held in July 2022, where we learned that the developer proposed to create four lots to be accessed from NW Tudor Lane, and five lots to be accessed from Rainmont, including the existing house there. The applicant is proposing to leave a large “Tract A” to preserve the “Metro Upland/Wildlife Habitat” adjacent to the Clean Water Services vegetated corridor.

Both of the above applications will be available to view at the Cedar Mill library on the CPO shelf on the mezzanine.

West Union gas station

The Hearings Officer approved the application for a gas station at NW West Union and 185th with the condition that Robert Barman build or finance the half-street improvement for West Union adjacent to the station. The road expansion is necessary to accommodate the increased traffic.

Barman has filed a “Notice of Intent to Appeal” with the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). While the appeal isn’t yet public, the county is confident that it’s based on the denial of the requested exception to fund the roadwork. They estimate it will be August before a decision is handed down from LUBA. We’ll cover anything we find out in a subsequent issue.

Brandon Phillips, who led the opposition to the ‘gas station in a wetland’ created a parody website at bobbarman.com lampooning Barman’s claim to “eco-friendly gas stations.” Here’s the latest post from NABGAS. Visit the page to sign up and to add your name to sign on to a petition to require more effective setbacks for future gas station sites.

February meeting notes

After hearing from THPRD, WCSO, and TVWD, we learned about a proposal to re-zone the lot across from Bonny Slope Elementary School from Neighborhood Commercial to R9 residential density. (UPDATE: The Washington County Planning Commission approved the rezoning Plan Amendment at its February 15 meeting.)

CPO 1 member Pete Scott reported that a sidewalk gap remains along the south side of NW Barnes Road. See Road News for more.

The Bauer Wetland on Saltzman cleans water and provides wildlife habitat

Daniel Rittatore, CleanWater Services (CWS ) Community Engagement Manager, and Sadie Boyers, Water Resources Specialist 1 gave a report. Daniel provided a detailed overview of the wastewater recovery and storm water services provided by CWS over their 50-year history. CWS serves the Tualatin River watershed, most of which falls in Washington County, providing a highly collaborative political environment which maintains the healthy Tualatin River and its watershed we know today. Readers can learn how to better live and play in the watershed at the Watershed Navigator, an exciting collaboration between CWS and the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.

Sadie discussed the role and function of wetlands, the influence of natural systems to a healthy watershed, and volunteer opportunities to be involved in assisting CWS in restoring wetlands and natural areas. The Bauer Oaks Open Space, the wetland area along the east side of Saltzman Road near the Bauer Oaks development, has parking and a trail available to enjoy local nature.

Concept for the redeveloped former Albertsons

Jennifer Rinkus, Baysinger Partners, presented plans for redevelopment of the former Albertsons and Orchard Hardware buildings at the Peterkort Towne Square. This area is inside the Beaverton city limits but is a “front door” to Cedar Mill. Interest in the Square is growing as plans have been submitted for a Starbucks with a drive-through along the north edge and a contract has been signed for the Portland Rock Gym to move into the old Orchard Hardware building. Redevelopment of the old Alberton’s store is in the early schematic planning phase with a consultant planned to be hired for development design. The vision is to reconfigure the building into two spaces with one intended for a grocery tenant. A partially-covered multi-use plaza would provide a local gathering space including a food court. The land use development plan will hopefully be finalized and submitted within several months for review by Beaverton as a Type 3 development which provides time for public input.

A video recording of the February 2023 meeting is posted at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nclErJNFNPA

Hybrid CPO meetings?

We’ve begun to explore resuming in-person meetings while continuing the live-stream zoom format (hybrid meeting). Take a brief survey and let us know your thoughts. We have enjoyed great attendance at most of our online meetings, but we want to find out from our members what they prefer. Before COVID, the county agreed to provide hybrid meeting kits, and we have one available at the Cedar Mill Library. We’re planning to test it out, stay tuned.

Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee Meeting

Monday, March 6, 7 pm, via zoom (passcode: 401785)

While CPOs serve neighbors in unincorporated Washington County, Beaverton’s Neighborhood Association Committees are groups of volunteers who meet regularly to improve their neighborhood in the City. NACs offer input on a wide range of city policies and programs, utilize a grant program to complete projects or events that benefit the neighborhood, and work to find solutions to neighborhood issues. Membership is free and open to anyone who lives in the neighborhood. Visit the Central Beaverton NAC website to learn more, see the agenda, and sign up for notices.